You Name Meaning

Chinese : from a byname of a certain Prince Yan, who lived during the Spring and Autumn period (722–481 bc) in the state of Zheng, in modern-day Henan province. He had the byname Ziyou, and the second character of this name was adopted as a surname by his descendants. Chinese : altered form of the surname Shen. During the Five Dynasties period (907–960) the founder of the state of Min, in present-day Fujian province, was called Wang Shen Zhi. The character in his name for Shen, , was pronounced in the same way as the character for the surname Shen, (see Shen 1). This spelled danger for those named Shen, as the culture of the time regarded imitation not as as flattery, but as criminal arrogance. A solution to the problem was developed by dropping from the portion signifying water, which changed the character into ,pronounced You. Korean: variant of Yu.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Yu, Ou, Lu, Lou, Mou, Kou, Hou, Du, Yon, Zou

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In 1880, Keeping House, Laborer and Laundry Man were the top 3 reported jobs worked by You. A less common occupation for the You family was Baker. The most common You occupation in the USA was Keeping House. 12% of You's were Keeping Houses.

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  • Baker


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Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, You life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1987, and highest in 1975. The average life expectancy for You in 1962 was 68, and 74 in 2004.

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